On Sunday night at the Rock and Roll Hotel, English folk-rock band Dry the River made the long-awaited DC stop on their tour supporting their second album, Alarms In the Heart, which was released last year. The show was a long time coming, as the band had not made an appearance in the District since 2012.
Opening the performance with the title track, the band played through a set that featured most of the new album, interspersed with tracks from their first record, Shallow Bed. Although the new album is noticeably more rock-oriented than that first effort, new tracks like “Med School” fit in seamlessly beside older ones such as “History Book.” The vocal harmonies for which the band has become known were abundant, with bassist Scott Miller and guitarist Matt Taylor frequently adding their voices to that of lead singer Peter Liddle.
Psychedelic folk-rock band Horse Thief, from Oklahoma City, opened the show, and sounded very much like Dry the River’s American counterpart. The band, which released their debut album Fear in Bliss last year, played a strong set that complemented the other band well.
All photos by Matt Condon (firstname.lastname@example.org)
(See more photos from this show/Matt's work HERE)